Movie Review: DESTROYER

DESTROYER movie poster | ©2018 Annapurna Pictures

Rating: R Stars: Nicole Kidman, Toby Kebbell, Tatiana Maslany, Sebastian Stan, Jade Pettyjohn, Scoot McNairy, Bradley Whitford, Beau Knapp Writers: Phil Hay & Matt Manfredi Director: Karyn Kusama Distributor: Annapurna Pictures Release Date: December 25, 2018 DESTROYER, written by Phil Hay & Matt Manfredi and directed by Karyn Kusama, keeps us guessing almost until the very end. What exactly has LAPD Detective Erin Bell (Nicole Kidman) so desperate to track down the elusive criminal Silas (Toby Kebbell) after all these years? And what has turned Bell into such an emotionally blasted, wretched alcoholic from the energetic young woman we see […]Read On »

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Movie Review: AQUAMAN

AQUAMAN movie poster | ©2018 Warner Bros./DC Films

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Jason Momoa, Amber Heard, Willem Dafoe, Patrick Wilson, Nicole Kidman, Temuera Morrison, Dolph Lundgren, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Randall Park Writers: David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick and Will Beall, story by Geoff Johns & James Wan and Will Beall, based on the Aquaman character created by Mort Weisinger & Paul Norris in DC Comics Director: James Wan Distributor: Warner Bros. Release Date: December 21, 2018 If you are burned out on comic book superhero movies, don’t go see AQUAMAN. It absolutely is a comic book superhero movie. If, on the other hand, you are happy to see another comic book […]Read On »

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Movie Review: SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE

SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE movie poster | ©2018 Sony/Columbia/Marvel

Rating: PG Stars (voices): Shameik Moore, Jake Johnson, Hailee Steinfeld, Mahershala Ali, Brian Tyree Henry, Lily Tomlin, Luna Lauren Velez, Zoe Kravitz, John Mulaney, Kimiko Glenn, Nicolas Cage, Kathryn Hahn, Liev Schreiber, Chris Pine Writers: Phil Lord & Rodney Rothman, story by Phil Lord, based on characters created by Brian Michael Bendis & Sara Picelli, Steve Ditko & Stan Lee, David Hine and Fabrice Sapolsky Director: Bob Persichetti & Peter Ramsey & Rodney Rothman Distributor: Sony/Columbia/Marvel Release Date: December 14, 2018 Even for the possibly slightly SPIDER-MAN-weary amongst us (seriously, how many times can this specific superhero franchise be sequelized/rebooted […]Read On »

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Movie Review: FANTASTIC BEASTS: THE CRIMES OF GRINDELWALD

FANTASTIC BEASTS: THE CRIMES OF GRINDELWALD movie poster | ©2018 Warner Bros.

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Dan Fogler, Alison Sudol, Ezra Miller, Jude Law, Johnny Depp, Zoe Kravitz, Callum Turner Writer: J.K. Rowling, based on characters created by J.K. Rowling Director: David Yates Distributor: Warner Bros. Release Date: November 16, 2018 FANTASTIC BEASTS: THE CRIMES OF GRINDELWALD is set in 1927, one year after the events of its immediate predecessor, FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM, which was released two years ago. Both films are set in what is now to be known as WIZARDING WORLD, aka the HARRY POTTER universe. Got all that? Good, because FANTASTIC BEASTS: […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE GIRL IN THE SPIDER’S WEB

THE GIRL IN THE SPIDER'S WEB movie poster | ©2018 Sony Pictures

Rating: R Stars: Claire Foy, Sylvia Hoeks, Lakeith Stanfield, Sverrir Gudnason, Stephen Merchant, Vicky Krieps, Cameron Britton, Christopher Convery Writers: Jay Basu & Fede Alvarez and Steven Knight, based on the novel by David Lagercrantz, based on characters created by Stieg Larsson Director: Fede Alvarez Distributor: Sony/Columbia Release Date: November 9, 2018 THE GIRL IN THE SPIDER’S WEB: A NEW DRAGON TATTOO STORY is a continuation of the Lisbeth Salander saga. The movie is based on the novel of the same name by David Lagercrantz. That novel was in turn based on THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO trilogy of […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE FRONT RUNNER

THE FRONT RUNNER movie poster | ©2018 Sony Pictures

Rating: R Stars: Hugh Jackman, Vera Farmiga, J.K. Simmons, Mark O’Brien, Molly Ephraim, Kaitlyn Dever, Mamoudou Athie, Alfred Molina, Kevin Pollak, Sara Paxton, Steve Zissis Writers: Matt Bai & Jay Carson & Jason Reitman, based on the book ALL THE TRUTH IS OUT by Matt Bai Director: Jason Reitman Distributor: Sony/Columbia Release Date: November 6, 2018 (Los Angeles and New York); November 21, 2018 (wide) First of all, THE FRONT RUNNER is not the film adaptation of forever-in-development Patricia Nell Warren’s novel about an affair between an Olympic track coach and one of his athletes. Rather, it is a fact-based […]Read On »

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Movie Review: BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY

BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY movie poster | ©2018 20th Century Fox

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Rami Malek, Lucy Boynton, Gwilym Lee, Ben Hardy, Joseph Mazzello, Allen Leech, Aiden Gillen, Tom Hollander, Mike Myers Screenplay: Anthony McCarten, story by Anthony McCarten and Peter Morgan Director: Bryan Singer Distributor: Twentieth Century Fox Release Date: November 2, 2018 BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY is a story of Freddie Mercury, and the band Queen, in that order. Whether it’s the story of the late rock star and his still-living band mates seems open to question. There is no doubt, however, that BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY is worth seeing. Rami Malek channels something akin to divine ecstasy when he is playing Mercury […]Read On »

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Movie Review: HALLOWEEN (2018)

HALLOWEEN 2018 movie poster | ©2018 Universal Pictures

Rating: R Stars: Jamie Lee Curtis, Judy Greer, Andi Matichak, James Jude Courtney, Haluk Bilginer, Will Patton, Toby Huss, Rhian Rees, Jefferson Hall, Virginia Gardner, Dylan Arnold, Miles Robbins, Drew Scheid, Jibrail Nantambu Writers: Jeff Fradley & Danny McBride & David Gordon Green, based on characters created by John Carpenter & Debra Hill Director: David Gordon Green Distributor: Universal Pictures Release Date: October 19, 2018 A middle-aged woman speaks up about a man who committed violence against her decades ago, because she thinks the public may be endangered. It’s not so much that the people in power don’t believe her, […]Read On »

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Movie Review: FIRST MAN

FIRST MAN movie poster | ©2018 Universal Pictures

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Ryan Gosling, Claire Foy, Jason Clarke, Corey Stoll Writer: Josh Singer, based on the book by James R. Hansen Director: Damien Chazelle Distributor: Universal Pictures Release Date: October 12, 2018 FIRST MAN refers not to early homo sapiens as an individual or group, but rather to astronaut Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon. It is hoped that this isn’t a big spoiler, but the title gives it away, and it happened (to enormous, long-lasting publicity) forty years ago. Neil Armstrong is an impressive man, and what he and the NASA Apollo mission achieved […]Read On »

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Movie Review: BAD TIMES AT THE EL ROYALE

BAD TIMES AT THE EL ROYALE movie poster | ©2018 20th Century Fox

Rating: R Stars: Jeff Bridges, Cynthia Erivo, Dakota Johnson, Jon Hamm, Chris Hemsworth, Cailee Spaeny, Lewis Pullman, Nick Offerman Writer: Drew Goddard Director: Drew Goddard Distributor: Twentieth Century Fox Release Date: October 12, 2018 After a brief prologue, BAD TIMES AT THE EL ROYALE starts out like the set-up to a joke, with an out-of-the-way motel standing in for a bar. A priest (Jeff Bridges), a singer (Cynthia Erivo), a vacuum cleaner salesman (Jon Hamm), and a really cranky young woman (Dakota Johnson) all walk into the El Royale. This is not a comedy, though the crime drama has its […]Read On »

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